Keeping Your Cool In A Hot Vehicle

By: The Auto Guy Email
By: The Auto Guy Email

Summer heat can make your vehicle miserable to be in, but there are some ways to beat the heat.

Obviously, if you can park your vehicle in the shade it will help a lot, but sometimes you have to park in direct sunlight. A vehicle that is parked in the sun in 90-degree weather can easily exceed 140 degrees inside the passenger compartment.

But if you can keep the sun from coming in the windows, you can reduce the temperature by at least 30 degrees inside the vehicle.

A common thing that people use to reduce heat in a parked vehicle is a sunshade in the windshield. But there is still a lot of sun coming in the other windows as well. You can buy smaller sunshades that will fit in those areas and with those in place, you will block the majority of the sun and heat from reaching the interior.

When you get into a vehicle with leather interior that has been sitting in the sun, you can literally get burned by the hot seats and steering wheel. One way to reduce the heat is to drape a small white towel over the steering wheel and place a larger white towel over the seat. Not only will it protect you from getting burned, it will also keep you from sticking to the seat when wearing shorts.

Once you get in the vehicle you can reduce the temperature very quickly by rolling down all of the windows for the first few blocks in order to get the superheated air out of the inside of the vehicle. Once you have done that, you can roll the windows back up and get that AC cranking.

When you have the air conditioning on, set it to recirculate. That way it’s re-cooling the same air inside of your car over and over again. If you don’t set it to recirculate, it will be constantly taking in hot, humid air from the outside and will not cool as well as it should.

When you start thinking that you just can’t take the heat, remember our cold, snowy winter. That’s when you promised that you would never complain about the heat when summer finally comes.


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